Monday, September 12, 2016

Turning Our Act Around, Acting Like Nothing Ever Happened and Going to Great Lengths to Prove Their Faith When It Is Unnecessary posts

Since Bible Passages That Can Influence Your Life, is now on line through individual posts, I am now putting several links together for each post. I found groupings of three posts worked well for anyone interested in using these for a Bible study group.  Debbie Seiling

Seek ye the LORD while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.  Isaiah, Chapter 55, verses 6-7.

It’s amazing, how forgiving God is.  The people had been focusing on astrologers and sorcerers rather than Him, the One True God.  God told them that if they realized that they were wrong and turned their act around, He would forgive them and take care of them.  Such divine forgiveness is something I haven’t always been able to muster.

If people were rude to me, I might be nice to them, but I still remembered that they had been rude to me.  Well, this far surpasses any rudeness or disloyalty we might have to endure.  God is always willing to forgive us if we ask Him and turn our act around by focusing on His will for us.

Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit.  Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; And come and stand before Me in this house, which is called by My Name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations?  Jeremiah, Chapter 7, verses 8-10.

I realize that we don’t burn incense to idols like Baal, and then go to church, acting like nothing ever happened.  Do we do unethical things at work in order to climb the corporate ladder and then go to church and act like nothing ever happened?  Do we flirt with people other than our spouse and then go to church acting like nothing ever happened?  Do we tell white lies to get ourselves out of financial predicaments with the I.R.S. and then go to church acting like nothing ever happened?  Are we rude and talk hatefully to others, even telemarketers, and then go to church acting like nothing ever happened?
It’s funny how we can waltz into church acting as if we can pull the wool over everyone’s eyes.  Maybe we can pull the wool over the eyes of most, but not God who sees and knows who we are and what we have failed to do.
Consider taking the time to tell God that you haven’t always behaved the way He would want.  Ask Him to forgive you and give you the willingness to be a better Christian in the future.  He will do it if you take the time to ask Him to.

And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into My mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.  Jeremiah, Chapter 32, verse 35.

What people are willing to do in the name of their beliefs always seems to amaze me.  Can you imagine how some people were willing to have their children, their own flesh and blood, walk through fire thinking these acts will get them Salvation?  They went to such great lengths when all God asks of us is to believe in Jesus Christ, as our Savior, and try to live as examples of how He works in our lives.  He doesn’t ask that we sacrifice our children, give all our belongings or money away to have Salvation.  His request from us is pretty simple, but I guess it seems too simple for some.
What a shame.  Some people can risk their Salvation by getting led astray by cults or they send some TV evangelist all their money so they can get to heaven but they aren’t turning to God.  All we have to do to get Salvation is underlined in this section.  I like to skip the middlemen and focus directly on God.

Here are some related passages:
*When the LORD thy God shall cut off the nation from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land; Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou inquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? Even so will I do like wise.  Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which He hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.  What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.  Deuteronomy, Chapter 12, verses 29-32.

*And when the king of Moab saw that the battle was too sore for him, he took with him seven hundred men that drew swords, to break through even unto the king of Edom: but they could not.  Then he took his eldest son that should have reigned in his stead, and offered him for a burnt offering upon the wall.  And there was great indignation against Israel: and they departed from him, and returned to their own land.  2 Kings, Chapter 3, verses 26-27. 

Because this is an example of how I’ve applied this Bible passage to my life, it doesn't necessarily reflect the whole meaning of the passage.

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